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• West Ham United welcome Sunderland to the Boleyn Ground on Saturday afternoon hoping to return to winning ways in the Barclays Premier League after back-to-back defeats.

• The Hammers return to home turf after suffering a 1-0 defeat against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on 3 December, a loss which was followed by a 4-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield four days later.

• On their last outing in front of the Boleyn Ground crowd, Sam Allardyce's team hit the goal trail in a 3-0 win over Fulham, which was just the Hammers' second home win of the season.

• Carlton Cole and Mohamed Diame scored their first goals of the season in that win whilst Joe Cole netted his second in a much welcomed victory.

• Despite that win, two defeats dropped the Hammers down to 17th in the table and leaves the Club level on points with two of the three teams below them.

• Saturday's visitors Sunderland arrive with a horrid record on the road and are still searching for their first away league win of the 2013/14 season.

• Seven away trips have yielded just two draws and five defeats for the Mackems, who have conceded 14 goals and replied with just two.

• Gus Poyet's side arrive in east London after back-to-back defeats of their own. A 4-3 loss to Chelsea was followed by a 2-1 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur, both coming at the Stadium of Light.

• The defeat to Spurs left Sunderland bottom of the table, five points adrift of safety.

Team news

West Ham United

• Andy Carroll has begun light training but is still some way short of a return following a foot injury.

• Stewart Downing suffered an ankle injury in the defeat to Liverpool and will miss the visit of Sunderland. Kevin Nolan who received a red card in the defeat to the Reds is serving the first of a three game suspension.

• Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder), Winston Reid (ankle) and Mladen Petric (calf) are definitely out of Saturday's encounter.


• Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood will miss out on his side's trip to the Boleyn Ground while defender Carlos Cuellar is also out of the clash.


• West Ham United have faced Sunderland 84 times in official competitions, winning 32, drawing 21 and losing 31.

• The first meeting between the two sides came on Saturday 25 August 1923 in the old Division One and ended in a goalless draw.

• West Ham United's biggest win over Sunderland came in the shape of an 8-0 Division One success at the Boleyn Ground on 19 October 1968. Geoff Hurst scored six goals - including a hat-trick in each half - while Bobby Moore and a young Trevor Brooking added one apiece. No other Hammers player has scored a hat-trick against the Black Cats.

• Sunderland's biggest win over West Ham United came on 5 March 1977, when the Black Cats romped to a 6-0 Division One victory over the Londoners at Roker Park. Their best performance in east London was a 3-0 Division One triumph on 25 April 1931.

• The biggest Boleyn Ground crowd to witness at West Ham United versus Sunderland fixture was the 35,033 who saw the Hammers' 2-0 Premier League victory on 22 March 2003.

• Kevin Nolan scored a hat-trick for Newcastle United in a 5-1 Tyne-Wear derby win over Sunderland at St James' Park on 31 October 2010. Andy Carroll also started the match for the Magpies.

• Hammers midfielder Mohamed Diame was signed by Wigan Athletic from Spanish club Rayo Vallecano as a replacement for Sunderland-bound Lee Cattermole in August 2009.

• Future Hammers manager Harry Redknapp made his West Ham United debut in a 1-1 Division One draw with Sunderland at the Boleyn Ground on 23 August 1965.

• Ray Atteveld made his Hammers debut in a 1-1 FA Cup fifth-round draw at Sunderland on 15 February 1992. The Dutchman, on loan from Everton, would make two of his three West Ham United appearances against the Black Cats, the final one being a 3-2 FA Cup fifth-round replay defeat at the Boleyn Ground.

• George Andrew (February 1967), Jimmy Neighbour (September 1979), Chris Cohen (December 2003), Lionel Scaloni (February 2006), Nolberto Solano (October 2007) and Marouane Chamakh (January 2013) also made their West Ham United debuts against Sunderland.

Last time out

Saturday 7 December 2013
Barclays Premier League
Liverpool 4-1 West Ham United

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, McCartney, Collins, Tomkins (O'Brien 56), Downing (J Cole 45), Diame, Noble, Nolan, Jarvis (Taylor 84), Maiga
Subs not used: Adrian, Collison, Diarra, C Cole
Goals: Skrtel og 66
Sent-off: Nolan 82

Saturday 7 December 2013
Barclays Premier League
Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Sunderland: Mannone, Celustka (Giaccherini 77), Bardsley, O'Shea, Brown, Ki, Larsson, Colback (Cattermole 67), Fletcher, Altidore, Johnson (Borini 67)
Subs not used: Pickford, Dossena, Gardner, Diakite
Goal: Johnson 37

Previous meeting

West Ham's last game against Sunderland was an instantly forgettable affair for those in claret and blue. The Mackems romped to victory at the Stadium of Light in mid-January thanks to goals from Sebastian Larsson, Adam Johnson and a third from James McClean.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Bramble, Colback, Johnson (N'Diaye 84), Vaughan, Larsson, McClean, Fletcher (Wickham 78), Sessengon (McFadden 88)
Subs not used: Westwood, Bardsley, Kilgallon, Campbell
Goals: Larsson 12, Johnson 47, McClean 74

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins (Tomkins 34), Reid, Potts, Collison (Vaz Te 46), Diarra, J Cole, Nolan, Jarvis, C Cole (Chamakh 56)
Subs not used: Spiegel, Taylor, Diame, O'Neil

Last six meetings  (Premier League unless stated)

12 January 2013 - Sunderland 3-0 West Ham United
22 September 2012 - West Ham United 1-1 Sunderland
22 May 2011 - West Ham United 0-3 Sunderland
5 December 2010 - Sunderland 1-0 West Ham United
21 September 2010 - Sunderland 1-2 West Ham United (Carling Cup third round)
10 April 2010 - West Ham United 1-0 Sunderland

Overall record v Sunderland (all competitions) W 32 D 21 L 31

Ten-year record

West Ham United

2012/13 Premier League 10th (46 points)
2011/12 Championship 3rd (86 points - promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (33 points - relegated to Championship)
2009/10 Premier League 17th (35 points)
2008/09 Premier League 9th (51 points)
2007/08 Premier League 10th (49 points)
2006/07 Premier League 15th (41 points)
2005/06 Premier League 9th (55 points)
2004/05 Championship 6th (73 points - promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2003/04 Championship 4th (74 points)


2012/13 Premier League 17th (39 points)
2011/12 Premier League 13th (45 points)
2010/11 Premier League 10th (47 points)
2009/10 Premier League 13th (44 points)
2008/09 Premier League 16th (36 points)
2007/08 Premier League 15th (39 points)
2006/07 Championship 1st (88 points - promoted to Premier League)
2005/06 Premier League 20th (15 points - relegated to Championship)
2004/05 Championship 1st (94 points - promoted to Premier League)
2003/04 Championship 3rd (79 points)

Old boys

• George McCartney has enjoyed two spells with Sunderland. The Northern Irishman initially moved to the north east as a 17-year-old in 1998, quickly establishing himself in the first team and captaining the Black Cats to promotion to the Premier League and being voted Player of the Year in 2005. In all, he made 157 appearances for Sunderland before joining West Ham United in 2006. After two seasons, the left-back returned to the Stadium of Light to make a further 46 appearances before re-joining the Hammers, initially on loan, in August 2011.

• Bryan 'Pop' Robson spent two spells with West Ham United and three with hometown club Sunderland. Robson, who started his career with Newcastle United, netted 104 goals in 254 appearances for the Hammers and 67 in 174 games for Sunderland - scoring in a 2-0 win over Leicester City in his final Black Cats appearance in May 1984 that kept the club in the old Division One.

• Don Hutchison enjoyed two spells with West Ham United, netting 17 times in 110 matches. The Scotland midfielder also represented Sunderland during the 2000/01 season, scoring an impressive ten goals in 39 games.

• Among the other players who have represented both clubs are Dick Bell, Gary Breen, Clive Clarke, Keith Coleman, Ernest England, Anton Ferdinand, John Foreman, Harry Forster, Jack Foster, Harry Hooper, Mick McGiven, Andy Melville, Billy Moore and Dave Swindlehurst.


• The man in the middle for Saturday's fixture is Andre Marriner.

• Marriner last took charge of a West Ham United game when he refereed the 0-0 draw with Southampton at St Mary's.

• Birmingham-born Marriner began refereeing in 1992, progressing through the Birmingham Amateur Football League and Southern League to become a Football League assistant referee in 2000.

• He was appointed to the Football League List of Referees in 2003 before joining the Select Group in 2005. Since then he has also been added to FIFA's International List in 2009.

General information

• There are tickets remaining for Saturday's fixture. For ticket information click here.

• The weather forecast for Saturday afternoon is overcast with sunny spells and highs of 9C.

• There are no engineering works planned on the District Line this weekend. For all other travel updates across the TfL network click here.

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